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Deputy Sheriff Robert J. Shaw | Monterey County Sheriff's Department, California Monterey County Sheriff's Department, California

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Robert J. Shaw

Monterey County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch: Saturday, April 9, 1988

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 32

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Heart attack

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Deputy Shaw suffered a fatal heart attack while conducting crowd control at a riot. He and other deputies were on post at the Grand Prix Championship motorcycle race at Laguna Seca Raceway when a group of approximately 400 people began creating a disturbance. Dressed in riot gear, the deputies attempted to stop the riot, at which time Deputy Shaw suffered the heart attack. Other deputies performed CPR on him while surrounded by a ring of deputies holding the crowd back. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Deputy Shaw had been with the agency for nine years and was survived by his wife and two daughters.

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Amanda, I went to school with your dad and mom. I've prayed for you and your sister and Cindy ever since your dad died. Your dad was a great guy. He was a joker, but never mean. Give your mom and your Uncle Brian a hug from me.

Joan Leavitt McFarland
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July 25, 2014


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